Beat It – The Isolated Drum Tracks

I just stumbled on a YouTube gem. Check out this isolated drum track (well, live drums along with a drum machine) from Beat It, performed by the late, great Jeff Porcaro.

Sweaty Mustaches

I’m not sure how I got into this whole “facial hair” theme with my last few video posts, but if the music is good, then I will not be deterred by a little scruff. In this live performance from 1979, Toto steams things up in Cleveland with an extended version of their hit single, “Hold […]

Working It Out

So, I wanted to get back to the experiment that I started with Bob Reynolds a few weeks ago. For those of you just tuning in, Bob and I decided to collaborate together on my loops by bouncing some musical ideas off of each other and building grooves around them. Bob was the first to […]

This is where it gets interesting.

As you might recall, last week I mentioned I would be collaborating with my old friend, Bob Reynolds, in the process of creating music/ideas/grooves for upcoming loop packs. Well, today I received my first “rough sketch” from Bob along with the following notes: Not exactly odd time, but I have this 12/8 loop in there […]

Lunchtime Lesson #1.

Session legend Jeff Porcaro shows us how he came up with his classic half time shuffle for Toto’s 1982 hit song, “Rosanna”. This is another great beat to play while showing off for your girlfriend at Guitar Center.